Back when I was a kid I used to have jam and cheese sandwiches for lunch pretty much every day. To this day I still love those sandwiches. (Nicky prefers them without the cheese. In fact he will eat jam by itself). These days packing lunchboxes has become quite an art and when I was a teacher I was amazed at the effort that went into many of the kid’s lunches. Take some tips from this post about what to put in your kid’s lunch box with a special Barni treat and also see how you can win an awesome picnic basket worth R1000!
Recently I bought a book called “Sustained energy for kids” by Steenkamp, Merlin & Wellmann which has some useful tips about how to portion out your lunchbox. These are some of their ideas together with my own suggestions.
- Fruit and or Vegetable: Half the lunchbox, at least two different colours. e.g. pineapple, grapes, cherry tomatoes, carrots. I think the trick here is that the fruit must be able to last or be suitably sealed for freshness. In the photo I made a salad of cucumber and tomato and a fruit salad. Nicky ate all the fruit. He loves cucumber and demolished that but left the tomatoes!
- Protein: One quarter of the lunchbox, the size of the child’s palm of the hand e.g. tuna, mince, chicken, egg, cheese or yoghurt. Nicky is a big fan of yoghurt and there are a lot of benefits to it, so this is an easy option.
- Slow Release Starch: One quarter of the lunchbox, one fistful e.g. rice, pasta, legumes, potato salad, popcorn, or baked treat like a muffin.
- Fat e.g 1T nuts or seeds or salad dressing, or mayo or avo. This category isn’t necessary if you’re having a baked or any other treat.
- Drink: e.g. water, ice tea, diluted fruit juice
- Treat Special days are for special treats! Pop in a Barni in your child’s lunch to make them smile. This sponge bear has no preservatives, colourants or trans fats and contains a delicious chocolate centre.
You can also have the opportunity to win an amazing picnic basket worth R1000!
All you have to do is answer: What is the name of the chocolate sponge bear that would make a great treat in a lunch box? (If you use the Facebook comments please also put your email)
The competition is open to SA residents only and will run for a week.
This post is sponsored by Barni.
This competition is now closed. The winner is Carey Clarke.